To decorate with hanging paper lanterns, remove the paper lantern from the flat packaging, stretch the lantern out, place the wire expander in the lantern and hang the lantern. To create a floating effect, hang the paper lanterns with a monofilament string, or use any type of ribbon, string or yarn that matches the decor of the room or event to hang the paper lanterns.
It is possible to use paper lanterns to decorate for indoor events by hanging them from the ceiling, mantles, door frames and furnishings. To use paper lanterns for outdoor events, hang them from trees, plants and branches. Some ideas to decorate with hanging paper lanterns include hanging several lanterns together at varying lengths, combining various colors of paper lanterns and combining various sizes of paper lanterns. For contrast, hang paper lanterns alongside other decorative items, such as tissue pom-poms.
To decorate for a party with hanging paper lanterns, decorate the lanterns for the party theme with paper cut-outs, such as butterflies or bees. Another idea for a party is to hang a paper lantern garland by attaching all of the lanterns to a single ribbon or rope. Alternative ideas for decorating with paper lanterns include placing them on tables or using them as a part of table centerpieces.